This compilation is the result of nearly 3 years’ work by Djamel Hammadi aka “Afrobrazilero”, a collector extraordinary and vinyl digger who traveled all over the continent from Ghana, Benin, Togo, Mali to Senegal. After 12 beautiful but dangerous trips throughout Ivory Coast (featuring fake policemen at border controls, political instabilities,
deep economic crisis, the malaria, and one big fear when he opened a vinyl box in a small abandoned bus station and found a Scorpio!) he selected 13 rare or unreleased tracks.
All these tracks have been fully licensed with the tireless help of Dj Julien Lebrun.
We really want to thank Axel in Abidjan who helped us to go to Plateau, Treichville and Yamoussoukro to materialize all the licenses and complete the bank transfers, and who spoke local languages “nouchi” and “djoula” for us!
It was almost always impossible to find the original master song, as most of the producers we met didn’t have them anymore. As you can imagine, tropical climate and humidity are not friends to vinyl preservation. Still, we did our best to clean and use different copies of each song to have the clearest sound.